As the mobile device becomes ubiquitous, however, it presents an attractive target for hackers. Mobile-borne viruses, Trojans, and other subversions have been steadily increasing, exceeding the quantity of such malware found on PCs not so long ago. Mobile phones run complex multimedia operating systems—Symbian, Windows Mobile, Linux, MacOS—Scontaining the same types of vulnerabilities that afflict our laptops, desktops and servers.

This article will provide an overview of the current state of security in mobile devices and describe a new platform approach that addresses next generation mobile device security requirements with a high assurance kernel and secure virtualization technology.

Reprinted in its entirety from ARM IQ Vol. 7, No. 4, 2008